The Union Gospel Mission (UGM) – 6pm
Before heading out onto the streets, I donated 77 meals ($3.29/meal X 77 meals = $253.33) to the Union Gospel Mission (UGM). Here is the receipt to prove it. This is not to show off or to say that I am a generous person, but rather it is to prevent people from saying things like “you shouldn’t take away from the needy”. I did not take anything away from them. I went there to learn and leave them better off by writing about my experiences for others to read.
When I arrived at the UGM, a large tent set up to feed hundreds of people. Live music was also playing inside the tent. I parked my shopping cart, took my garbage bag out and entered the tent. As soon as I sat down, I was served a plate of food. On the menu today was turkey covered in gravy, ham and mashed potatoes.
Well, here it is. I have been vegetarian for a year and a half now, but as I’ve outlined in my mission before undergoing this project, “beggars can’t be choosers”. I will be eating anything that is offered to me without objection. And as expected, turkey and ham did not sit very well in my stomach. I did not throw up, but my stomach did not feel comfortable digesting it.
The volunteers there were very friendly. A lady clearing the table asked me how my food was. I told her that it was good and that “she is doing a great thing”. She replied with a modest “well, we do what we can”. Across from my table, two people were not so grateful for their services. Food was not served to them right away and that fueled them with more anger. They kept on calling the volunteers over to their table. They wanted them to serve their food, but their response was slow. Once one of the volunteers answered their call; they requested “non-burnt turkey this time”. With this negativity around me, it was time to direct my focus and attention back within my body.